39 people sickened from dogs sold at pet stores

39 people sickened from dogs sold at pet stores

According to the U.S. CDC, campylobacter is a disease that people can get from puppies and dogs. The federal health agency also noted the cases had been reported since September 2016 in seven states: Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

In most people infected, symptoms include diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and fever, and the diarrhea may be bloody and can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

The CDC launched an investigation in conjunction with several states' health departments and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service after the first case was reported in September 2016.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on campylobacter.

The company said that the CDC had not identified any failures in Petland's operations that would lead to campylobacter infections.

Epidemiologic and laboratory findings have linked the outbreak to contact with puppies sold through Petland stores. The other 27 had either bought a Petland puppy, shopped at Petland or visited someone who had purchased a puppy from Petland, the CDC report says.

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Kunzelman emailed a statement saying that the questionnaire the CDC used to trace the cases "was not consistent and didn't ask the same questions related to type of food the dogs ate or contact with other dogs". Overall, campylobacteriosis - which occurs much more frequently in the summer months than in the winter - is estimated to affect over 1.3 million persons every year.

Not all puppies will exhibit symptoms, Newsweek reported, so the CDC also advises careful handwashing when cleaning up dog feces.

Puppy mills are commercial dog-breeding facilities known for their inhumane treatment of puppies and their unhygienic practices. Newsweek reports that in Florida, where 11 people were diagnosed with the disease, facilities supplying to Petland shops have been cited several times by the USDA for multiple health violations.

Puppies exposed to campylobacter can spread it to new owners that take them home and shower them with affection. Those with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, young children and the elderly are most at risk. The CDC says it usually does not spread from one person to another. The CDC advised getting new puppies a checkup within a week of adoption or purchase.

Pick up and dispose dog poop carefully, especially in areas where children might play.

Fox said choosing a puppy that is alert and playful with shiny or soft fur can help people avoid the infection.

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